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Cubs prospect Tyler Colvin wins Opening Day job

Mar 29, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

In a surprise move, the Cubs have decided to keep 24-year-old outfield prospect Tyler Colvin on the Opening Day roster. Colvin is slated for a bench role, although manager Lou Piniella said that he hopes to find the former first-round pick 2-3 starts per week.
Piniella cited Colvin’s outstanding spring training performance as the reason for making the team, but basing decisions on 20 exhibition games against inconsistent levels of competition is usually a mistake and I’m not sure what the big rush is with Colvin.
He’s been excellent this spring and hit .300 with an .859 OPS in 89 games at Double-A last season, but he had an ugly 57/16 K/BB ratio in the process and before that Colvin struggled so much at Double-A the previous season that the Cubs demoted him back to Single-A.
His plate discipline and strike-zone control have improved, but only from horrendous to merely bad, and Colvin has yet to log a single plate appearance at Triple-A. Why jump him from Double-A to the majors just so he can mostly sit on the bench behind Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd, Kosuke Fukudome, and Xavier Nady? Why not send him to Triple-A, let him prove that his recent success is for real, and call him up when you actually need him?

  1. JasonC23 - Mar 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Your first mistake is attempting to use logic to analyze a decision made by the Cubs.

  2. jwb - Mar 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    The fifth outfielder alternative is Sam Fuld, so it’s meh or meh.

  3. Ed-dough - Mar 29, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    I am a bit surprised that the Cubs are giving Colvin a chance so soon, considering the way they screwed up Corey Patterson. But if the kid can really swing the bat he will get a real chance to play as the Cubs outfielders are all over 30 years old and two of them -Soriano and Nady are injury prone. Fukadome is a failure and Pinella’s patience with him is just about used up. Fukadome will be on the bench long before the All-Star break unless he hits better than he has the last 2 years.

  4. slaphitter - Mar 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    He turns 25 this year and was a #1 pick. How long should the Cubs wait? If he can’t handle it, he’s a bust. He can still say he got closer than Ty Griffin, Earl Cunningham, Ryan Harvey and the others in the huge collection of busts.

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